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The Best of Focus: Hocus Pocus

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In the '70s, Focus became one of the Netherlands' most popular musical exports due to hits like "Focus Pocus" (which alternates between roaring guitar riffs and sonic slapstick) and the poignant instrumental "Sylvia." This collection features cuts from most of the band's '70s albums, offering a good overview of their evolution. While it tends toward shorter, more accessible cuts (eschewing Focus's more intense prog/fusion epics), this package still shows several sides of the quartet's musical personality, from flute-led, Jethro Tull–tinged folk-prog ("House of the King") to contemplative instrumentals ("Janis"), as well as the more commercial sounds found on later albums.

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Hocus Pocus - Purely Magic

Focus' hit song "Hocus Pocus", is nothing of the ordinary, with its rifts of yodeling, complied with steaming guitar and out of the blue drum solos. No song can come close to Hocus Pocus' "magical" originality.

I can never hit that high note on hocus pocus

Hocus pocus is truly the most amazing song I have heard and it is amazing.

worth 100 dollers

I would pay 100 dollers just for hocus pocus, it legendary Buy it now, or else

Biography

Formed: 1969 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Best remembered for their bizarre chart smash "Hocus Pocus," Dutch progressive rock band Focus was formed in Amsterdam in 1969 by vocalist/keyboardist/flutist Thijs van Leer, bassist Martin Dresden, and drummer Hans Cleuver. With the subsequent addition of guitarist Jan Akkerman, the group issued its debut LP, In and Out of Focus, in 1970, earning a European cult following thanks to the single "House of the King." Dresden and Cleuver were replaced by bassist Cyril Havermanns and drummer Pierre Van...
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